Winter is coming…and for residents of the McKenzie River Corridor, that means further hardship on top of the Holiday Farm Fire that destroyed more than 400 homes in September. But helpers are preparing in advance.
The following is an extended interview with former KATU-TV News reporter Paul Linnman, conducted by KLCC's Brian Bull just ahead of the 50th anniversary of one of Oregon's oddest incidents: the controlled demolition of a sperm whale carcass that washed ashore in Florence. The blast propelled heavier-than-expected chunks of rotting, rancid blubber into the sky, and Linnman into viral fame that lasts to this day.
This Thursday (Nov. 12) marks the golden anniversary of one of the oddest incidents in Oregon history: the explosion of a dead whale in Florence. The journalist who covered the story is still talking about it 50 years later.
The Holiday Farm Fire thrashed telecommunications all across the McKenzie River Corridor, robbing residents of wi-fi and cell phone service. But a special effort has temporarily restored those essential needs.
Early Native Americans did controlled burns to eliminate excess fuel or “slash” ahead of the hotter, drier periods. Now some researchers want that practice to be revisited as a way to offset hotter and more intense wildfire seasons.